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Hasselblad Master Marco Grob Draws High-Profile Projects

25/05/2010 Whether it's the cache of being a Hasselblad Master or the magnificent images he has produced with his H3D-50 and H3D-39, Marco Grob has been drawing the attention of top-flight clients consistently since coming to the United States two and a half years ago. Time magazine's “100 Most Influential People of 2010” project was quite a coup. And earlier this year, he won Time's much-in-demand Oscar Nominees portfolio assignment.

Bill Clinton
Bill Clinton

Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga

Lula De Silva
Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva

George Clooney
George Clooney

From the start, being a Hasselblad Master has helped Marco attract sponsors and catch the attention of other photographers and industry people. First and foremost, the image quality of his H3D-50 and 39-megapixel backup camera have played a major role in creating opportunities for him to succeed. 

"In addition to editorial assignments for clients such as Time, I work for Hollywood studios, making their movie posters,” says Marco. His first significant assignment came in February 2009, with Disney and Warner Brothers. “All of this work ultimately has to do with the quality of the images I shoot. And everything I do has to do with the performance of my Hasselblad camera. I could not imagine having gotten this far with my career in the past few years without the H3D and accessories."

The connections and contacts Marco made when he arrived in New York in 2008 paved the way for his continued success. "Thanks to Vernon Jolly, my agent, I quickly developed an easy connection with the people at Time. Their ‘100 Most Influential People’ project was great. I was even more excited about Time’s  2010 Oscar nominee portfolio project early this year, which, from a commercial photography standpoint, was possibly more significant.”

Says Marco, "My whole book has evolved over the past couple of months. I actually found Vernon by showing him the portfolio. He has been a real door opener for me. The connection with Time helped me start to get more work and exposed me editorially to a much broader audience here in New York, which continues to snowball."

His Profile on the Hasselblad website has also provided opportunities for Marco. He gets emails from all over the world from young photographers and experienced professionals alike. “These inquiries come like a storm, sometimes 100 at a time,” says Marco. “Ultimately to be happy, your fellow photographers have to respect you, so this response is very good.”

Next up for Marco is another high-profile assignment for Time:  shooting the cover in Washington, D.C., next week. Watch for it!

For more on the Hasselblad Masters program and 2010 competition, click here.

For more on Marco Grob, visit his website.

Text by Alice B. Miller